As the body experiences weight fluctuations, the skin relaxes and fatty tissue is deposited in various areas. These problem areas can be difficult to manage even through proper diet and exercise. It is common for the upper arm to develop loose skin and fat which can cause embarrassment and restrict clothing choices. Brachioplasty, often called an arm lift, at Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center is a body contouring process that removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the upper arms, dramatically improving the appearance and silhouette of the arms. Brachioplasty is a popular cosmetic surgery. However, many patients worry about the visible scar it can leave behind. Our Sarasota surgeons use the embrace® Advanced Scar Therapy starting 2 weeks after surgery to help heal and lighten scarring so that they are not so noticeable. The embrace system has been clinically proven to produce finer, lighter scars that heal faster. After the scar heals, all anyone will notice is sleek, contoured arms.
The goal of an arm lift is to result in a toned upper arm appearance. The length of the incision varies depending on how much skin and fat are to be removed. Patients who have a fairly good skin tone may only require a minor incision. However, patients who have excessively loose, hanging skin will require an incision that may run from the armpit to the elbow. At this time, the excess skin is trimmed and the underlying muscles are tightened. In some patients, the armpit will also need to be addressed and surgically tightened.
Arm Lift Reviews
"I was amazed that the procedure I had could actually give me the results that I never thought were possible. I am now looking forward to the end results - a few months down the road - when I will no longer feel the numbness in the surgery sites and will actually only see very faint lines where the incisions were. I am very happy. I never imagined that I could have my wings" removed and be able to wear so many nice clothes because my arms are so trim. Thank you, Dr. Mobley.""- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jan 27, 2016
"Dr. Mobley has a pleasant and professional attitude which makes a patient feel very confident in his abilities."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Nov 16, 2015
"I feel Dr. Mobley is very current with the procedures he performed on me. He is also very easy to communicate with as is his staff. My scaring is minimal and I am pleased with everything I had done. I would use Dr. Mobley's expertise again."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Sep 21, 2014
"Arm Lift - The staff and surgeon (Dr. Engel) were as thorough and competent as they could be. Everything was detailed and prepared to inspire confidence! I am always highly impressed by the treatment I receive.As the old phrase goes...I've been given a new lease on life!". I'm back to doing many of the things that I did 20 years ago, and wearing the clothes that I did 20 years ago.""- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / Jul 08, 2017
Patients undergoing brachioplasty are put under general anesthesia. It is an outpatient procedure that takes an average of 2 hours to complete. If the procedure is a part of an after weight loss surgery, which usually involves more than one body part, an overnight stay may be required. After surgery, the arm is protected with a compression garment and drain tubes may be present to avoid the risk of infection. Swelling and bruising are normal. Patients should keep the arm elevated to promote blood circulation and help with swelling. With proper care, the arm will return to normal function after several weeks.
Arm Lift FAQs
Arm Lift or Lipo?
This depends on the amount of loose skin that is present. Patients who lose a significant amount of weight generally need the skin removed in order to attain a positive result. In fact, many times, arm lift patients do not even need liposuction because there’s no excess fat to be removed. On the other hand, patients who have relatively good skin elasticity may only need liposuction or minor tightening.
What About Scars?
Any patient who undergoes an operation where skin is excised and incisions are made should understand that scarring is a part of the procedure, including brachioplasty. We make every effort to ensure that the scar will be as minimal as possible. For post-surgery care, topical ointments to assist in scar healing will be prescribed. It is also recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the benefits of a more toned arm outweight the appearance of scars.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. This is sometimes referred to as an upper body lift and may include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During the consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made as to whether these procedures can be done at the same time.
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build actual muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can begin weight training if they wish to do so. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them. Patients should maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise in order to avoid a recurring weight gain, which could compromise the surgical results.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
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